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Bush Administration, George W.

  • By: Matthew D. Phillips
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The presidential administration of George W. Bush lasted from 2001 to 2008. Perhaps the defining moment of this administration was the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In response to this tragedy, the Bush administration enacted numerous policies and military actions that affected not only the stage of international terrorism, but also international and domestic drug markets. In other words, Bush's “War on Terrorism” also affected the long-standing “War on Drugs.”

The War on Terror and Drug Policy

The signature legal policy implemented by the Bush administration was the USA PATRIOT Act, or the Patriot Act. Specifically crafted to provide the U.S. government a battery of tools and tactics to fight terrorism both within the country and without, the act is also used to curtail drug ...

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